June 27, 2011
Naive, charming, funny, great music
The McGuffin in this story is classically laughable: Two bad guys entered an Atomic Plant and photographed plans (which were not kept in a safe, just in a drawer!) of an unexplained kind of rocket. It seems that for screenwriters the plans for a rocket can be copied in a few photos. Also, I don't know why -other than following a spy tradition- it is said that the photos were taken on a "micro" film; at the end of the episode we can see that the material is a piece of ordinary 35 mm film.
In Paris, one of the three cars shown has a right-handed steering wheel, and his French driver speaks English.
In spite of all those inconsistencies, another pleasure to watch, same as every IM episode so far. This one also presents a somehow temporally disjointed but attractive music.
June 16, 2009
The Mink Coat Microfilm Caper
Episode opens with view of a sign on a chain link fence. The sign reads "Atomic Commission Wilton Experimental Plant", and then we see two men break into the plant, using wire cutters to penetrate the fence, then going across roofs and down ladders. It looks like some kind of refinery, but we learn later that Rocket Research is being done at the plant. They break glass in a window and crawl into building.. They hang shades over the window to prevent their lights from being seen outside, go to a plans drawer, turn on lights and begin photography of blueprints. Meanwhile, a guard finds the broken window, gets suspicious, opens door and is shot by the intruders. They escape through the window. Attracted by the gunfire, a second guard enters and finds the first guard lying on the floor. The wounded guard manages to say, "Two men, photographs." And then he dies.
The episode then shifts to an airport lobby where we see Dr. Brady and his sister, Diane, leaving on holiday. They are surprised to find that baggage is being checked for everyone leaving the country. Dr. Brady goes to get their luggage leaving Diane observing the Customs Officials checking the bags and passengers. She notices a very attractive lady named Penny Page (Hazel Court) who lays a black mink coat down beside her suitcase. A man named Walker (Derek Godfrey) is standing beside her, and we recognize him as the murderer in the plant break-in. Penny Page is a puppeteer and she has a cute puppet who talks to the Customs Official while he is checking her luggage. Walker, knowing he will be searched, slits the lining of her mink coat and slips the microfilm inside the lining. Diane observes this, and even though she cannot see what he put into the lining, she believes he is smuggling something by taking advantage of an innocent bystander.
Walker is apparently a suspect because of previous problems with the customs agents, because he is approached by a Security Officer and taken to a private room for a strip search and interrogation. The puppet lady is free to go board the plane. Dr. Brady brings his bags and they board the plane. Of course, inside the interrogation room, the customs agents are unable to find anything on Walker, and he jokes with them during the encounter. He is released to board the plane.
On the plane, Diane tells Dr. Brady she saw the mink coat being cut, and she expresses suspicions about Walker. Dr. Brady dismisses her concerns. But then Walker sits down beside the puppet lady and tries to pick her up. She has the black mink coat lying on the seat between them. She rebuffs him and he takes another seat in the back of the plane. In a few minutes, the puppet lady leaves her seat to go to the bathroom, and Walker again attempts to get the film from the coat lining, but the puppet lady returns and catches him. He mumbles an apology and leaves once again.
Upon arrival in Paris, Walker meets Bunny, his accomplice from the murder, and tells him he must steal the mink coat as the puppet lady leaves the airport. Once again, the attempt fails, Bunny is caught, but manages to escape. During this encounter, we learn that the puppet lady is married to Marcel (Murray Kash), who is also a performer who juggles in night clubs, performing with his wife, but each offering individual acts.
Having observed the parking lot robbery attempt, Dr. Brady's suspicions have been aroused, and after he and Diane have checked into their hotel room, he calls London to report his suspicions and to receive authorisation to begin an investigation as The Invisible Man. Both he and Walker have to track down the puppet lady and they find her performing at a Parisian Cabaret. We see the puppet lady perform on stage accompanied by a beautiful one-foot marionette who dances and cracks jokes while stripping off most of her costume. Dr. Brady slips into the dressing room of the couple, finds the coat and examines it, but finds the microfilm is missing. He reports this to Diane who has been waiting for him while seated at a small table outside the cabaret. Meanwhile, Walker also enters the dressing room after Dr. Brady leaves, whips his pistol out, interrogates the puppet lady, then inspects the coat, becomes furious when he discovers the microfilm is gone. He kidnaps the lady, and rushes her outside the club where he is joined by Bunny. They hustle her into a car, and by now, she is screaming, and this attracts her husband, Marcel, who rushes outside to see her being driven away. He leaps into another car, and then Dr. Brady joins the chase in a third car. They whisk her away to a room in a private hotel, followed closely by Marcel and Brady.
The husband bursts into the room, but is overcome by the crooks. They interrogate the couple and learn that Marcel earlier found the film in the lining of the coat, and he took it to a photographer to be developed. Walker leaves Bunny guarding the couple and goes to the photo lab to retrieve the film. Meanwhile, the Invisible Man has overheard the interrogation and he follows Walker to the lab. The photographer gets the film for Walker, then Dr. Brady bursts into the room and snatches the film from Walker. A furious fight develops between Walker and The Invisible Man resulting in Walker being knocked out. During the fight, the photographer called the police and they arrive just after Brady burns the film. Brady rushes out to get back to Diane and his vacation and the police collect Walker for prosecution.
The episode ends back at the cabaret where we see the puppet lady performing on stage with two puppets, one of which is new, a miniature version of the Invisible Man, and he introduces himself to the audience as "Brady, the famous Invisible Puppet."